“This veggie burger is amazing!” Wait, hold up, why are we talking about a burger on a post about kale? Well, the Veggie Burger at The Kale Cafe & Juice Bar in Daytona Beach, Florida inspired this Lemony Garlicky Kale Recipe. Their kale was so tender and tangy and delicious; we knew we had to create a version of this for our veggie burgers (and tacos, and salads, and – well really just anytime!)! This kale recipe is so delicious it is sure to end up in your meal rotations and be a hit at parties, potlucks, and picnics. And it is super easy!
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Kale is a nutrient powerhouse. We hear the sayings to #eatmoregreens or “eat greens with every meal.” But many times kale is just too tough or too bitter. Well, not in this recipe. We get it nice and tender and toss it in a perfectly balanced lemony dressing.
Prefer to watch this recipe? Click the video link below!
Lemony Garlicky Kale
We make the kale tender by using a dual method. First, we massage it, you know you wanted a hand workout and to work out some stress. LOL! Then we add a bit of warm water and squeeze it a bit more to reach that elusive tenderness and brightness we were seeking. We used our Oxo Salad Spinner to prep the whole recipe. Which worked perfectly, because to get the dressing to really stick you want your kale dry. We use this as a salad, a veggie burger topping (I mean that was the inspiration), a topping for tacos, and more; it is so versatile and we love it!
The only Kale Recipe you will need. It is THAT good!
- 1 bunch washed and destemmed kale
- 1/2 cup lemon juice
- 1-2 teaspoons agave nectar
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- salt to taste
Massage your washed and destemmed kale for 8 minutes, be sure to squeeze and bruise to ensure perfect tenderness
At the 8 minute mark, add warm water and massage for an additional two minutes to really tenderize that kale (you can watch the video of this - linked above)
drain, and dry your kale - we use a salad spinner
Mix lemon juice, agave, garlic, and salt and taste for balance.
Toss kale in dressing, serve or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
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Let us know how you plan to use this awesome kale! Burgers? Tacos? Served as a salad? Any way you eat it, it is amazing! Enjoy!
Until next time – Eat More Plants & Live VegInspired!